Nick Kyrgios Set To Star In Netflix’s Drive To Survive-Style Docuseries About Grand Slam Tennis
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Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios is set to be the feature star of an upcoming Netflix fly-on-the-wall tennis documentary series.
The streaming giant has been dabbling in sports documentaries in recent times, most notably releasing Formula 1: Drive to Survive, with the tennis series set to be in a similar behind-the-scenes vein.
Netflix secured agreements with all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the ATP Tour, WTA Tour, and ATP Media earlier this year, and began filming at the Australian Open.
Since then the Australian tennis star has gone from strength to strength with his Wimbledon run putting him in the mainstream limelight.
Luckily for Netflix, they signed off to have him star in the fly-on-the-wall documentary before the tournament began, giving producers exclusive access.
According to the Daily Mail, much of the documentary will focus on that Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic, but, based on his on and off court antics across the tournament, you expect there to be plenty of fiery moments.
The Netflix crew even reportedly followed the Aussie to his post-match party following the Wimbledon party. Perhaps he partied with the lady who had ‘700 drinks’ in the final.
There isn’t a confirmed name or timeline yet penned in for the documentary series, however, ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi suspects it will air prior to the 2023 Australian Open, according to Germany’s Tennis Magazin.
The tennis doco will be produced by Box to Box Films - the same production company that worked on Drive to Survive.
Gaudenzi told the magazine: “We want to get more fans excited about tennis. We show many behind-the-scenes of the Tour, a different face of the players, who they are, what they do and what it means to be a year-round tennis pro.
“I’ve never been a big fan of Formula 1, but watching the Netflix documentary Drive to Survive gave me a different perspective. It created a spark in me that I need to watch the next race to understand the personalities.
“We are in the entertainment business and we want to tell stories. Live matches cannot be the only product we offer.
"Today, 50 per cent of media consumption is not live events. Especially through social media, viewers want to be part of other stories."
Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini confirmed he was also being filmed at the Australian Open for the Netflix series.
Sporting News reports the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nada, Carlo Alcaraz, Iga Swiatez, and Elena Rybakina will also feature.